Roanoke Sound


The Roanoke Sound is located near Nag's Head island.

Importance of Estuaries

In addition to providing economic, cultural and ecological benefits to communities, estuaries deliver invaluable ecosystem services.


Wild Horses



Assortments of Fish


Threats to Estuaries

The complex ecosystem of North Carolina estuaries is harmed by changes to the land bordering and surrounding the estuaries and by contamination of river and ocean water. Although the North Carolina estuaries contain 3,000 square miles of surface water, 30,000 square miles of land drains into the Albemarle-Pamlico system

What feeds the Estuary

Carolina River

Albermarle Sound

Pamlico Sound